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BioBased Materials science Think about the earth. Create the environment.

BioBased Materials science

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Department of Biobased Materials Science

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ADMISSIONS CONSULTATION

[Details]
1. Introduction of our research and lab activities and discussion
2. Explanation of the admission and discussion
3. Others
[Method]
Online consultation (In-person is also available if you want.)
[How to apply]
Please apply at the following link. We'll get back to you when the date is decided. Please feel free to contact us.
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ABOUT US

Plastics synthesized from petroleum oil have made our lives more convenient. Recently, however, excessive use of them led to several environmental issues such as global warming and marine plastic waste. As one of the best solutions to the global warming, it is thought to develop a social system using polymeric materials which are equal to or greater than oil-based materials and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This can be realized by using sustainable biomass instead of petroleum oil as their raw materials. Materials produced from biomass such as plants are named “Biobased materials”. Through education and research of the biobased materials, our department is dedicated to develop human resources who contribute to eco-friendly manufacturing and new material creation.

The process of plant-derived polymeric materials begins with the production of polymerizable monomers from plants using microbes [1]. Next, the monomers are polymerized by chemical reactions so that functional polymeric materials are developed [2, 3]. The monomers produced by microbes do not always have the same structure as petroleum-based ones. Therefore, development of new chemical reactions is occasionally required. In addition to the low-carbon function, they would show new functions unique to plant-derived polymeric materials. The polymeric materials synthesized can be processed into fibers, films, and molded and functional products for commercialization [4, 5]. Furthermore, the precise structures at the nano level and the correlations between structures and physical properties are characterized in order to secure and find unique functions [6].
The research areas of biobased materials are diverse, such as biology, chemistry, and material science.
We welcome all those who are interested in these areas along with resource and environmental issues.

The numbers in the parentheses indicate our labs related to the research fields: 1, Lab of System Engineering for Bio-resources; 2, Lab of Bio-based Materials Chemistry; 3, Lab. of Environmentally Benign Polymeric Materials; 4, Lab of Bio-functional Materials; 5, Lab of Bio-nanofiber; 6, Lab of Properties of Nanomaterials.

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FACULTY

Lab. of System Engineering of Bio-resources

  • Prof. Yuji ASO
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Screening of microbes producing bio-vinyl monomers and it application to development of novel medical polymers
    Sugar production from carbon dioxide using microbes
    KEYWORDS
    Microorganisms / Fermentation / Metabolic engineering / Carbon dioxide / Screening
  • Assoc. Prof. Tomonari TANAKA
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Chemical and/or enzymatic synthesis of glycomaterials
    Synthesis of functional materials in water
    KEYWORDS
    Organic synthesis / Polymer chemistry / Enzymatic synthesis / Glycotechnology / Glycomaterial

Lab. of Bio-basedMaterials Chemistry

  • Assoc. Prof. Takashi AOKI
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Synthesis of biobased polymers for bio applications
    Evaluation of medical polymers with bio-inert surfaces
    KEYWORDS
    Polymer synthetic chemistry / Biopolymers / Biobased polymers / Material interfaces / Biomaterials

Lab. of Environmentally Benign Polymeric Materials

  • Prof. Ikuo TANIGUCHI
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Pressure-prosessable polymeric materials
    Polymeric membranes for CO2 capture
    KEYWORDS
    Polymeric materials and science / Polymer synthesis / Membrane separation / CO2 capture

Lab. of Bio-functional Materials

  • Assoc. Prof. Yoko OKAHISA
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Production and characterization of biobased nanofibers
    KEYWORDS
    Nanocellulose / Fibroin nanofiber / Grass species / Bamboo
  • Assoc. Prof.
    Hidekazu YASUNAGA
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Invention of safer hair dyeing techniques
    Functional dyeing & finishing by using biobased materials
    KEYWORDS
    Safer hair dyeing / Dyeing / Finishing / Bio-colourant / Bio-reductant
  • Assoc. Prof. Isao WATAOKA
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Structural characterization of solutions and gels of cellulose lignin and food polysaccharides
    KEYWORDS
    Cellulose / Lignin / Food polysaccharide / Solution / Structural characterization

Lab. of Bio-nanofibers

  • Asst. Prof. Huaizhong XU
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Fabrication and characterization of electrospun bio-nanofibers
    KEYWORDS
    Melt electrospinning / Electro-centrifugal spinning / Melt electrowritig / 3D scaffold / Nanofibers

Lab. of Propertiesof Nanomaterials

  • Prof. Shinichi SAKURAI
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Structure and properties of multiphase biobased polymeric materials
    KEYWORDS
    Polymer blend / Block copolymer / Polymer crystallization / Small-angle X-ray scattering / Pattern formation by convection
  • Prof. Sono SASAKI
    RESEARCH TOPICS
    Structure investigation of marine biodegradable/biobased polymer thin-films and organic-inorganic hybrid nanosheets
    KEYWORDS
    Polymer structure science / Synchrotron structure science / Biodegradable polymers / Biobased polymers / Crystal

ACCESS

Address: 1 Hashigami-cho, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8585, JAPAN

S215, Bldg. No. 14, Kyoto Institute of Technology (Office)

biobased@kit.ac.jp

TEL: +81-75-724-7887

FAX: +81-75-724-7547

From "Kyoto" Station
Take the “Kokusai Kaikan” bound Karasuma Line Subway to “Matsugasaki” Station, and walk east for about 8 minutes.
From "Sanjo Keihan" Station
Take the “Uzumasa Tenjingawa” bound Tozai Line Subway to “Karasuma Oike” Station, change the trains the “Kokusai Kaikan” bound Karasuma Line Subway to “Matsugasaki” Station, and walk east for about 8 minutes.
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